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COST OF LEGAL ASSISTANCE FUNDING CUTS 1 $ invested in legal aid $ = 2 invested on community legal services .25 18 $ = in down-stream savings to the community.2 49% of Australians experienced a legal problem From 1997-2014, COMMONWEALTH FUNDING OF LEGAL AID FELL FROM $ .59 while cost of providing services 10 8 INCREASED per capita to $ IN THE PAST 12-MONTHS: in efficiency savings to the justice system.1 .97 significantly. 22% of Australians experienced 3-ormore legal problems CUTS IN COMMONWEALTH FUNDING Since January 2014 The Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service (FVPLS) 4 MILLION $ Community Legal Centres (CLCs) 20 MILLION $ Legal Aid 22 MILLION $ TOTAL CUTS = 60 MILLION $ Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Legal Service (ATSILS) OR TWICE AS LIKELY to experience legal problems.3 14 MILLION $ LEGAL AID IS ONLY GRANTED TO PEOPLE WHO ARE: living wellbeneath the poverty line People with a disability and single parents were likely to receive a term of imprisonment 1. PricewaterhouseCoopers (2009), The Economic Value of Legal Aid; 2. Judith Stubbs & Associates (2012), Economic Cost-Benefit Analysis of Community Legal Centres 2012; 3. NSW Law and Justice Foundation (2012), Legal Australia-Wide Survey 2012. WHAT IS THE SOCIAL COST? SERIOUS IMPACT ON THE A DELIVERY OF JUSTICE: •criminal trials have been stopped •some complex criminal trials proceed without proper representation IMPACT ON INDIGENOUS FAMILY VIOLENCE LEGAL SERVICES CUTS TO LEGAL AID, ATSILS AND FVPLS COMPOUND FAMILY VIOLENCE PROBLEMS Indigenous family violence assault victims are hospitalised approximately 30 TIMES the rates for other Australians.4 Indigenous females experience physical or threatened violence at 2 TIMES the rate of nonIndigenous females.5 ABORIGINAL VICTIMS OF FAMILY VIOLENCE COULD GO WITHOUT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LEGAL SUPPORT as FVPLS must now tender for funding. DENIAL OF LEGAL AID IN FAMILY LAW PROCEEDINGS HAS LED TO: • victims being cross examined by abusers COST OF FAMILY VIOLENCE 15 billion 1.1% $ p/a, or of GDP 6 4. Productivity Commission, Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage - Key Indicators 2014; 5. Productivity Commission, 2014; 6. KPMG, International White Ribbon Conference, 2013. • children at risk MAJOR DOWNSTREAM COSTS FOR UNEMPLOYMENT, MENTAL HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES.